Cycle Touring

Cave to Coast to Coast to Cave

Last Summer twelve of us did the Way of the Roses ride but with van support and lifts home, this year we thought we would up the ante a little bit. Plan A was to do the Trans Pennine Trail, followed by WOTR but there were conflicting reports on how suitable the TPT was for […]

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New Zealand 2014/15

Prologue Tickets were booked in January and dates were fixed. Mary steadily lost ounces all summer in preparation for the trip; I gallantly made up for her losses. New tires installed in October scraped against one side of the rear mud guard. A rotary tool was used to trim back the edge. The route was […]

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Death Valley Challenge

Day 1: Beatty to Stovepipe Wells I put as my Facebook status that I was in the VIP lounge at Heathrow Terminal 3 but despite explaining that my wife had been on Simon Mayo’s request show the previous evening and actually spoken on air to request ‘Viva Las Vegas’ for me, I was not afforded […]

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London to Paris – July 2013

Day One – London to Calais After a very enjoyable ride from London to Brussels last year I persuaded the other half of South Cave Road Club to sign up for L2P this year in aid of Action Medical Research. The carrot at the end of the stick was seeing the finale of the 100th […]

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A Quick Jaunt to Thirsk.

Why Thirsk? Because of LEL (London Edinburgh London) the flagship ride of Audax UK. Not as a cyclist, but myself and my eldest daughter Beth had ourselves up as volunteers to help at the Thirsk Control. Firstly though we had to get there...

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Gaspé 2013

In the beginning ... "I can make it complicated for you if you want. I'm good at that." So says Mary as she sets me up on her iPad to write the trip report. There’s no need for that. Things get complicated soon enough. Our ride this year is a trip around the Gaspé peninsula, […]

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Night on a Bare Mountain

I've always fancied spending the night on a mountain top, watching the sun set, then sleeping under the stars until it rises again. At 482 feet high Tennyson Down is hardly a mountain but it is the highest point in West Wight, and, with sea on three sides, it commands splendid views. The current heat […]

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Bumbling round Brittany

A couple of weeks ago Dennis and I headed to Brittany where we attempted to combine a bit of a cycle tour with an ordinary family holiday. Nothing will induce Dennis to ride a bike so he travelled by car, leap-frogging and waiting for me to catch up. On quiet roads this works pretty well. […]

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Coasts, Castles and collywobbles – a Caledonian cycling tour

How not to lose weight and see the Borders by bike – a six-day East Coast ride to Scotland, on an empty stomach, in February Cycling from Harrogate to the Central Belt – through the Yorkshire Dales to the East Coast and Northumberland, and from there to Edinburgh and Glasgow, in one week – ambitious? […]

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Cycling around Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Almost two months in to 2013 and I have (almost) kept my new year's resolution of giving up alcohol for health and financial reasons. Last year I got through to the summer holidays (with a few minor blips) before falling off the wagon comprehensively. You see, I was in Germany for a few days and […]

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Searching for Cycling in Denmark

Why does your page not come up for "Cycling in Denmark"? asked Sandra. Because my page is not about Cycling in Denmark I answered. It's about "Cycle Touring in Denmark." As a matter of fact 'my page' is not even about that, but our cycle tour in Denmark. And there are two pages as we've […]

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The Zen of Cycletouring, or Cycling for that matter

It was September 21st last and I had breakfast in Le Croix d'Or, as I remember the name of the hotel in Chateauneuf du Faou in Brittany. This was the last day of a six-day solo tour I made, my first solo one for about 10 years. The previous night I had eaten in the […]

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Coast and Castles South – Day 3

The third and final day of our trip was a spin down the north east coast between Seahouses and Tynemouth before a final run along the Tyne to the finish in central Newcastle. In 73 miles, there proved to be only 718 metres of climbing and a maximum elevation of only 52 metres – it […]

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Lady CoMo of the Pyrenees

Day 1 Girona to Olot Aug 27, 2012. Spain. The first day, a big day. We were late getting away – to be expected. There are last minute decisions to make on the first day: what to leave in, what to leave out, how to pack, which route to take. I broke my pump while […]

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Euro City Cycle Challenge (Day 4)

Breda to Brussels And so to the final day. I appreciate that ‘proper’ cycling tours are longer and don’t have support vehicles and whilst the cycling was easy it had been a challenge in other ways. One of the things I struggled with was being sociable first thing in the morning! At home I like […]

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Euro City Cycle Challenge (Day 3)

Amsterdam to Breda I feel quite sorry for day 3. Day 1 had the excitement of the Grand Depart, Day 2 was our first on the Continent and finished in Amsterdam, Day 4 would be an emotional finish. But, Day 3 was sandwiched in the middle and went to Breda. Breda’s most interesting claim to […]

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Euro City Cycle Challenge (Day 2)

Hook of Holland to Amsterdam Day 2 started for me at around 4am as I awoke from my slumber. I needed to take a wee but as I lay in the bunk (quite large as I was first in the cabin and had grabbed the double) I was aware of a heavy rocking motion. The […]

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Euro City Cycle Challenge (Day 1)

London to Harwich Brentwood in Essex was the precise departure point for my Euro City Cycle Challenge. I was taking part to raise money for The Sick Children’s Trust. The original quest was a London to Newcastle ride but this was cancelled due to poor marketing by the charity. Advertised as starting in London, I […]

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Coast and Castles South – Day 2

Day 2 of our Coast and Castles adventure took us from St Boswells in the Scottish Borders along the Tweed valley to Berwick and then south hugging the Northumbrian coast to Seahouses. Following the monsoon-like conditions of Day 1, the weather gods proved much more benevolant – there was blue sky, there was sunshine and […]

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Going Shopping

In my continuing effort to ride every road in Cornwall, the other day, I decided to ride to the Shops. “Shops as well as roads?” I hear you all ask, “How many shops are there? There must be millions!” “No, not shops, silly – Shops!” In Cornwall we have Shops. These are places/hamlets/villages almost invariably […]

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Time to Panic

In four days we leave on our first serious tour in over two years. We were lying in bed a couple of weekends past when the panic set in. It happens before every trip. For months you anticipate and day dream about the ride and think of all the great setup work you'll do to […]

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Coast and Castles South – Day 1

The Coast and Castles South cycle route runs from Edinburgh to Newcastle, via Melrose and Berwick – a total distance of just over 200 miles. It forms a small part of NCN1 – Dover to The Orkneys via London and the east coast (now there's an idea for a future trip!). My company has a […]

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Manxcat in Wellies in the Dales

Well, I wish I had brought them along with me at any rate! One thing at least that Audax cycling does is to re alight the ‘Be Prepared’ motto from many of our outdoor pursuit activities. Was I glad I was prepared! The island was hosting its TT Motorbike Festival, and the TT Practice week […]

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Cycling along the Mosel

The rivers that flow northwards from Germany and Eastern France are interesting. The Rhine, really a German river (Rhein), flows from Switzerland through Germany as far as Holland where about two thirds of its water volume becomes the Waal, going west where the river splits just before Nijmegen. The other third goes north to Arnhem […]

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Cycling the flat lands of France

Mid May saw us off on our annual French trip with me cycling and Dennis travelling by car. I'd really like to go to the more mountainous parts of France but I can't face the long drive required to get there so this year we decided to cycle the lower reaches of the Loire and […]

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Uneconomic cycling in Exmoor – a week on the roads less travelled (Part one)

OK, so you're going for a ride. How far? How fast? Your call, but to some extent out of your hands. Blame the weather, the hills, your lack of training. But how direct? Just A to B? Round trip? Stopping off on the way, stopping as little as possible, stopping to smell the roses? Here's […]

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Uneconomic Cycling in Devon and Cornwall (Part Two)

Part Two of my Exmoor to Truro cycle ride by Roads Less Travelled Lynmouth, 1952 Lynton (visible) and Lynmouth from Countisbury Hill

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Cycling nude into perspective

After seeing the nude Peruvian cyclists article I casually scanned Google Images for 'nude cylists' (as one does) and somehow came upon this photo: He is fully dressed for cycle touring. I think the reason this came up was because he mentioned on his blog that he'd posted a nude cycling photo of himself then […]

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Dan's Singaround Iceland tour – a few myths about Iceland

Hello all! Happy New Year, and thanks for coming back – after three months I've just finished collecting my sponsorship in for my Singaroundiceland cycle tour (£3933, plus another few hundred in Gift Aid!), but now it's about time I told you a bit more about the place, and set a few myths to rest. […]

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Dan's Singaroundiceland cycle tour – finished but not over!

Hello all! Yes, I'm back.. and yes, I finished! 3000km, 3000 photos and £3000 raised (and counting..) but the story isn't over yet. Collecting money is the Devil's own job, hence my silence on this page since my return! To keep you amused, here's an article I wrote for the Reykjavik Grapevine (published online two […]

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Brittany, Breizh, Bretagne, An Bhriotáin, whatever! Roscoff, Quimper, Brest, Roscoff

I'd been cycling in Brittany in the past, perhaps eight or nine times. My friend Mick Lehane had only been there once and twisted my arm for a late autumn tour as he hadn't been touring this year, so the Cork-Roscoff ferry was booked and off we went. The wonderful view of Cobh and its […]

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France: cycling around Loches

Loches is a small town in the chateau region of France. We know (or knew) it quite well from family camping holidays in the 1990s. It's not always a good idea to return to places from one's past but we did for a week this autumn with our bikes – Sandra and me, that is. […]

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Glorious in Guernsey!

A few weeks ago we booked a bargain break to Guernsey. We had intended to go in the middle of September but as prices fell significantly on October 1st that was the day we booked to go. And what a great decision that turned out to be! Mid September was stormy but on October 1st […]

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Home At Last – Kinmount to Ottawa

One more block The engine talks Whispers 'Home at last" Whispers "Home at last" Tom Waits – "Diamonds on My Windshield" Home at last. We have just finished a three day ride on Lady CoMo from the cottage to Ottawa and are shivering and exhausted. However, we are still talking to each other, and the […]

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Dan's Sing Around Iceland cycle tour – Halfway through the Tour

Time for another rest stop and a sarnie break – here's my latest update on progress round Iceland, musings on life, geology and everything Icelandic – and maybe a paragraph or two about cycling, singing or both! Coming to you LIVE from Akureyri, cultural hotspot and capital of the north, and home to some truly […]

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Manxcat does Lands End to John O Groats!

Well, Lands End to John O Groats, that Iconic cycle route.

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Dan's Sing Around Iceland cycle tour – first leg!

Hello all! Here's the first proper account of my cycle trip round Iceland, after a little over one week's cycling round Snaefellsnes, some unseasonal and untypical good weather, and some hardcore offroading! Hæ to all Icelandic viewers, and Hello to all you good folks at home! The Finest Workhorse Rachel* – plus luggage and flag […]

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Tour to Skipton and Back

A year ago I got on Brown Bike, fell off the other side, and broke my hip. Since then BB has been doing sterling service ferrying me to the hospital, doctors, shopping, meetings and the usual mundane activities, plus a few fun rides. But he's a tourer at heart and we both needed a holiday […]

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Dan's Sing around Iceland cycle tour – let's build a bike!

Singing around Iceland ... OK, the gloves are on (almost), the promises and bold pledges made, the flight tickets, travel money and insurance bought... now all I have to do is actually do it! Greetings from Iceland! – a three-hour flight and a world away from where I was a week ago. Currently 00:24 and […]

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A cycle ride on the Isle of Wight

The top of Tennyson Down, Isle of Wight A cycling trip we'd looked forward to since February came around last weekend, with my cousin Sally and her husband Jimmy who live in Hampshire. The plan was to cycle from their house and stay two nights in B&Bs but it was only a couple of weeks […]

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Dan's Sing Around Iceland cycle tour

Hello all! This is Daniel Hutton (who joined CycleSeven's Yorkshire Dales 100m ride on Saturday 23 July), and my account of my solo tour round Iceland during August and September 2011 – fundraising for Carers' Resource in Yorkshire and Ljósið in Iceland, and getting accommodation where possible by 'singing for my supper' en route! – […]

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Cycling from Cornwall to the Yorkshire Dales – and back

I'm off on Sunday the 17th of July on a 1,000mile jaunt "oop north and back". This wonderful CycleSeven team have organised a long ride into the Yorkshire Dales National Park and not only have I agreed to ride with them, I've decided to ride there and back too. I needed a good excuse for […]

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Fairy Steps and Beatrix Potter in the Lakes

Another tour. This time to the Lake District. Why the Lake District? Well, other than its close location to my home, I have been reading up recently all about the life and times of Beatrix Potter, and I wanted to seek out where she lived and where the National Trust was born. I had of […]

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Concrete Block time again!

The 16th of July is fast approaching, the day I leave to ride north. First stop is Bridgwater (88miles), then Yarkhill (near Ledbury) (92miles), then Wrexham – (82miles). (I'm exhausted just talking about it!) Then it's a short one to south Manchester (48miles) and a well earned day off! I will arrive at Skipton after […]

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A leisurely cycle round the Loire

We've had several enjoyable short trips to France in the last few years with me cycling and Dennis accompanying me on a 49cc scooter. However whenever we've tried to go for a fortnight or more something has gone badly wrong. The year before last Dennis' ancient Honda 90 gave up the ghost and had to […]

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A two week tour of the Danube

A two-week tour. I've not done a tour of this length since I was a teenager. Cool morning A tour of the Danube with a couple of American strangers that I had met on the Crazyguyonabike website. The plan was to link up with them on day 2 of my ride as I would be […]

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Cycling Holland: light, wind, water

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Cyclist Alvaro Neil: "The world is beautiful"

Friedel Grant interviews world cyclist Alvaro Neil. "Inspirational" tends towards cliché nowadays but this does seem the real thing. Her video is mostly audio so downloads quickly. Well done Friedel, and Alvaro of course. I really enjoyed it.

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Cycle touring kit list

Some help, perhaps, in response to: I need to address the luggage thing. Anyone fancy putting a 'What you should bring on a cycle tour post' please. It depends on length of tour, whether abroad or not, and camping, but here is what we are taking to Holland on our forthcoming 2-week cycle tour (camping):

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Happy Campers!

I love camping, I always have. As a very small child I used to make tents from old sheets and broom handles and when an older cousin gave me his old 'pup' tent I was in seventh heaven. Camping with the Guides soon followed, my parents were slightly hurt that I never wanted to come […]

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